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magazine issue five | 2010


Welcome to issue five of 20x20 magazine, a square platform for writings, visuals and crossbred projects. The works in this issue have been assembled around the meta-words BASIC NEEDS, to which the artists and authors have responded in very different ways. The aim is to bring together interesting contributions and create a collection of pieces with no expiry date. We would like to thank all contributors for their work that inspire us to put together and publish this magazine. Francesca and Giovanna Cover image: Basic Needs sustain our lives by Mario Pinheiro

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20x20 magazine issue five | contents

visions | Mario Pinheiro, I am my needs and what I do to satisfy them

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visions | Gemma Pascual, Horror en el Hipermercado

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words | Hicham Bensassi, The Grand Factory

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visions | Luke Jerram, Glass Microbiology

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words | Merceds Lawry, Housing

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visions | Samantha Dolan, Shelter

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words | Richard House, Endnotes

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blender | Francesca Ricci, Extract from the Book of Freedom

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words | Changming Yuan, Sexual Slogans

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visions | Chengsi Lu, Cupcake

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visions | Chengsi Lu, Noodle

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blender | David Berridge, Dogman Morning Ritual

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visions | Christopher Harper, The corruption of rust and moths n. 2

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words | Asim Khan, The Magpie’s Reflection and Fiend

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words | Robert West, The Inevitable

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visions | Christopher Harper, The corruption of rust and moths n. 1

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blender | Walid Siti, Handle with Care!

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words | Hicham Bensassi, My Fire King

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words | Timothy Earl, Most days I feel like Ally Sheedy

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contributors | biographies

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visions | Rob Jones, Visions

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(opposite) Mario Pinheiro, I am my needs and what I do to satisfy them


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words

the grand factory Hicham Bensassi Outside the gates a crowd had formed around a uniformed figure, scattered hands raged across the yard pointing blender

with sharpened fingers, any which way he could get a reaction from his newly made audience. His right eye had a sort of slant that made people fix their gaze on his left, this was a trick he had learnt from his old days in the cells, allowing him to process their meters in his head while holding up a rap,

visions

these were bad times, or so they thought, wrapped up in their mathematic depression. Inside angry bees were pounding at the light bulbs, one by one filling in on electric wheelchairs, corresponding buzz switches plagued the space with random machine belches, clockwork hangovers, monday love. Olli was in hour three of ten, his need for time keeping was now minimal, he focused on the machine parts, motor, belt, circuit… screw tip of rod to top clip, repeat, The factory was a tower block, a man made brick finger shooting towards the sun, Sixty floors of monotony, with a central lift, never stopping and windows had long been scrapped. Boss man was prowling, like a time fiend through the aisles, talking to a headless voice on his grey phone “Take out the tax and you get ten years of missing information, yeah but there’s so many six week attachment plans”. His voice melted into skwarks of metal, conveyor belt rhythms and sleepy clunks of precision, Olli stared at him as he passed, analysing his posture, his accent, obvious bragging like a good knodent, a term invented by the workers for the mindless know it alls that spent their days punching buttons pretending to be “running the place”, the lights dimmed, ready for the afternoon tannoy announcement, the machinery ground to a trudging slow speed operation, “All second floor machine attendants, will now be needed for part four of the aptitude examination, please report to floor twenty seven. All other attendants may continue” Complaints with tiny electrics, missing with foolish water, and the attendant booths: isolated dark grey mini cabins sank backward, visible space outside booth: small rectangular section for the attendant to reach the present object on the belt, allowing the attendant the allotted time to complete process like the ones in the pictures, for a moment of immobility, until the next component is dragged into view. Equipped with water dispenses and slots for lunch trays to be placed through at the specified time up in the gutters, leviathanic hymns and faint scattering heights, a trip to the toilet permitted every two hours, Olli had been there a year next Tuesday, Performing in antiques, the last Tuesday he planned to spend there naked in hundreds, back to the cold fruitless bursts of the burning funnels… Screw tip of rod to top clip, repeat… Monday screamed back with a slap. 20x20 magazine | page 8


glass microbiology Luke Jerram

HIV

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sexual slogans Changming Yuan

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A steak a day keeps the court away A touch a minute keeps the body in spirit A lie an hour keeps the chief in power

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An injection a night keeps the mind light A dinner a week keeps the heart freak A honeymoon a month keeps the government at arm’s length A trip a season keeps the dog in reason A chef a year keeps the house dear A wedding a decade keeps the couple off headache

Chengsi Lu, Cupcake (opposite) Noodle

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... DOG MAN REINCARNATED AS FRIED CHICKEN WINGS

DGMN SAYS: GO ON! TAKE MY VOWELS!

DOG MAN SAYS WIDE OPEN SPACES IN YOUR DOGS EYES DOG MAN SAYS I AM THE DOG MAN IN YOUR DOGS EYES

DOG MAN SAYS GLAD ALL OVER AGAIN IN YOUR DOGS EYES DOG MAN SAYS IS EVERYBODY HAPPY IN YOUR DOGS EYES

OH DOG MAN IT’S 3 AM ON BRICK LANE YOU’RE DELIRIOUS

DOG MAN SAYS I MEASURE TIME IN YOUR DOGS EYES

DOG MANʼS TONGUE ENDS GLOBAL RECESSION

by David Berridge page 23 | 20x20 magazine


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Christopher Harper, The corruption of rust and moths n. 2


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the magpie’s reflection the gradual turn. the moth floats curious through concrete fissures, following currents;

junkyard orchards chime to wind.

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gazing, burning, near kindle, the wisp;

fiend

and grass is lazy now, planes are shooting stars (cough, muffle, splutter, spittle) but continue,

as sexy dreams are whispered into fractals,

in your dreary manner

tasting the breath of fright, pensive

so you may sleep;

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Shhhhh...

poets use painters to describe; in time, forgetting names of movements, then back to modern.

and in your slumber, you will play.

others, they live vicarious through the electronic, curtain filters on the urban lighthouses;

your body coiled –

watches – sepals float in stop motion,

as fluid foreign –

from leaflet questions, to whet appetite though.

it is an illness carved by fear.

Who Drew The Racist Graffiti in the style of a blog comment,

let it overwhelm you

use of scaffolding as a pillory

this false elation

the road signs are there

fatal vision –

to a distant train’s clacking.

with sour low.

to the ghetto market glister – by the nascent cobwebs sites and sounds – seashells, insomniac nostalgic; the bansuri speaks deep in care cutting, flowing/flowing, cutting we tremble:

Poems by Asim Khan

the chains, the cycles – golden triangles, broken strings, unknown powders – spiritual, all thoughts linger on the chewing gum...

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Walid Siti

visions

blender

words

handle with care!

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Rob Jones is an illustrator and designer from Kent, UK. He graduated from the UCA in Maidstone, 2008 and has since been working on a freelance basis. He is also one part of the illustrative collective Wolfwind that work on a variety of commissioned and personal projects. His passion is drawing and painting and is inspired by the psyche, stories, situations and people www.robjonesillustration.co.uk Asim Khan lives in Birmingham, England. His poetry and photography has appeared or is forthcoming in various magazines. He can be found at his local library between 6-8pm, Monday to Friday. Mercedes Lawry was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and has lived in Seattle over thirty years. She has published poetry in such journals as Poetry, Rhino, Nimrod, Poetry East, Seattle Review, and others. Her chapbook, There Are Crows in My Blood, was published by Pudding House Press and she has a chapbook forthcoming from Finishing Line PressHappy Darkness. She has also published some fiction as well as stories and poems for children. She has received awards from the Seattle Arts Commission, Hugo House, and Artist Trust. She has been a Jack Straw Writer and held a residency at Hedgebrook.

Rob Jones, Visions

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20x20 magazine Issue Five - 2010  

20x20 magazine is a square platform for writings, visuals and cross-bred projects. These are sample pages from issue two of 20x20 magazine,...